For more than two decades, the ISS has served as a cooperative search ship for astronauts from all over the world.
The International Space Station was launched in 1998 and includes Russia, the United States, Canada, Japan and the European Space Agency, and is one of the most ambitious international cooperation in human history.
Scientific experiments conducted via permanently manned spacecraft are seen as an integral part of future exploration and even provided the basis for breakthroughs here on Earth.
Aside from being a research laboratory, the International Space Station is a post-Cold War diplomatic victory for the two partners Russia and the United States, which operate the spacecraft alongside Canada, Europe and Japan.
But geopolitics now threatens to jeopardize this work, as Russia considers launching its own orbiting space station in 2025.
And Russia is discussing withdrawing from the International Space Station program to start operating alone, and that According Agence France-Presse.
The country’s space agency has reportedly begun work on the station’s first base unit, according to a statement shared by Dmitry Rogozin Roscosmos via Telegram.
Moscow says: The deliberations are based on the age of the International Space Station, but it is difficult to ignore the impact of recent events on Earth.
“When we make a decision, we will start negotiations with our partners about the forms and terms of cooperation after 2024,” Roscosmos said in a statement to AFP.
Russia lost control of access to the International Space Station last year after SpaceX performed its first operational mission at NASA’s orbital laboratory.
Russian President Putin also warned that the US decision to launch a space force indicated that the White House viewed space as a military theater and was planning to conduct operations there.
Meanwhile, the Biden administration’s criticism of Russia’s treatment of imprisoned opposition leader Alexei Navalny, his worsening health and mounting concerns about the military conflict in Ukraine further worsened relations between the two sides.
Russia also has a history of operating space laboratories, having previously built Mir, a modular space station that has been in orbit for 15 years, and Russia is said to be working with China to build a planned research station across the moon.